DAClete of the Month – Lena Schroeder
It is with great pride that we announce our female DAClete of the Month for November, LENA SCHROEDER!
Lena is true OG at DAC. She’s been a part of the CFNH community since 2011. Since then she’s dabbled in just about everything that we’ve offered. Her coaches and trainers agree that she is an absolute dream to work with. She works hard, prioritizes her health and wellness, and she cares A LOT about proper form.
She has accomplished some great things at DAC, and she’s even made some amazing strides while pregnant. (AHEM, a big time deadlift PR while pregnant!)
Lena, we will truly miss you so much when you leave us in 2020, but we’re excited for this next chapter of your life.
Find out more about Lena below:
1. How long have you been a member at District Athletic Club (or formerly CFNH)?
It’s been a long time! I started onramp at CFNH in May 2011. My sister had started crossfit at a gym in Seattle and couldn’t stop talking about it, so I found CFNH to try it for myself. I quickly upgraded to unlimited membership and have loved being part of the CFNH community over the years. I’ve done plenty of crossfit, but also olympic lifting (competed in 1 meet) and in the last 1.5 years I’ve worked with trainers at DAC PT.
2. What are some of your fitness goals to accomplish in last part of 2019? How about for 2020?
In 2019, I have been working on staying active throughout my second pregnancy (I am due November 21st, so almost there!) which includes cycling (my favorite form of transportation, though now I’ve had to stop due to my belly getting in the way), semi-private DAC PT sessions twice a week (shout out to Erin and Joe, my semi-private training buddies! And AJ, Lyle, Nilma – I miss you, Josh, and Derek, top notch trainers!), a few crossfit classes, and mobility classes as often as possible (Kayla, your class is amazing and has eliminated my pregnancy-related hip pains!). If I keep feeling good, I plan to continue exercising up until baby girl #2 arrives and to rock labor/birth with my mental toughness and physical strength.
In 2020, I will have to find a new gym since I am moving to Seattle soon (where I grew up). It is sad to leave our fitness community at DAC as it has been such an important part of my life for the past 8 years! After we get settled in Seattle, I plan to ease back into post-pregnancy exercise, being very mindful about using the right muscles and proper alignment (which has become somewhat of an obsession since I started working with DAC PT trainers).
3. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you’re most proud?
During the September DAC throwdown, I got a lifetime PR on my deadlift! I had been seriously working on my deadlift form with the PT folks (butt back, knees back, belly braced, ribs aligned, so many things). When the weight felt good, I decided to go for it 🙂
4. Do you adhere to any form of daily/weekly diet regimen to power your workouts? What does your dream cheat meal/day look like?
I don’t currently follow any structured dietary plan. Since I am pregnant, my food goals are mostly pregnancy-related and include getting enough iron (as maternal blood volume has increased, I am mildly anemic), calcium (for growing baby bones), protein (for my muscles! and for growing baby body parts), fiber (too keep my squished digestive system functioning), and overall calories to power my body and my growing baby bump. I work on eating lots of fruit and veggies, with a good dose of lean meat and beans. Lately I have been indulging on eating as much fruit as I please. Apples, raspberries, pineapple, grapes… these make my pregnant body really happy.
My dream cheat meal is also pregnancy related. Since raw fish and uncooked eggs are on the “no” list for pregnant ladies, my cheat meal would be sushi and tiramisu.
5. If you were to choose a workout for the entire DAC, what would it look like? (It can be anything!)
I have always loved overhead squats, so I would choose a 5 x 5 of overhead squats!
6. How do you spend your time when you’re away from DAC?
I work as a cell biologist in a research lab at Yale, specializing in new light microscopy techniques and applications. I spend most of my free time with my husband Brandon (also once a CFNH member) and my 3 year old daughter Sylvia (who loves running, climbing, jumping, and talking about how strong she is). Whenever I can, I love non-obligatory cooking and baking projects.
7. What is one fact that other DAC members may not know about you?
In 2006 I broke 5 vertebrae in my mid back falling off a rope swing (not a smart move on my part) and fortunately did not require immobilization or surgery. This injury has been an inspiration for me to work on weightlifting and good form: I want to have awesome bone density, good posture, and super strong back muscles (to avoid further back problems).
In 2012 at CFNH two days before I got married, Coach Frank turned an evening class into my customized wedding partner WOD💕. Even though it was during a horrendous June heatwave, it was a fantastic way to celebrate with my crossfit family and will always be one of the fondest memories I have from CFNH.
8. Do you have any final thoughts to share with us, now that you’re leaving us? 🙁
I will keep exercising at DAC until baby #2 arrives, but sadly won’t have enough postpartum recovery time to exercise at the gym again before we move to Seattle. I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to all of you that I have connected with over the years, whether from the OG CFNH days, current crossfit classes, mobility class, or DAC PT. I will miss connecting and learning with you and getting strong!
As a final note, I strongly encourage exercising throughout pregnancy. In my experience, exercise has helped me be more energetic, physically strong, relatively pain free, and in a positive mood throught pregnancy.